California, United States- On Friday night, super prospect, Jose "Sniper" Pedraza (6-0, 5KO's), continued steadily in building his record in the professional ranks by providing a technical knockout to Ghanaian Herbert Quartey (7-7, 5KO's), at 1:20 of the fifth round, with a strong body shot. With this victory, Pedraza is the newly crowned World Youth Champion of the World Boxing Council, at 130 pounds.
During the fight, Pedraza, dominated Quartey with his apparent and superior ability and in the fifth assault, launched an assault that capitalized his domination by connecting a left hook to the body of Quartey, which made him instantly hit the canvas. The referee observed that the Ghanaian had no way to return and defend himself against a superior opponent.
"I feel good, I worked the fight intelligently and behind my jab. I understand, that [Friday]was a first step in attaining all my goals in boxing. I fought a very intelligent fight in the ring and therefore I was able to dominate the fight. I am now returning to Puerto Rico as a WBC Youth World Champion and it fills me with a lot of joy. This is my Christmas gift to you Puerto Rico, to all my fans, Feliz Navidad, "said Pedraza.
“I want to thank Jose Sulaiman and the members of the youth committee, for allowing me to fight for their very prestigious Youth Title, I will represent the WBC as a true champion.”
"Sniper" Pedraza returns to action in the card Pa 'Bravo Yo, to be implemented on January 28 in his hometown of Cidra, Puerto Rico.
Pedraza is one of the most decorated amateur boxers in the history of Puerto Rican boxing. During the last Olympic cycle, campaigned at 132 pounds and captured bronze at the Pan American Games in Brazil in 2007, won a silver medal in the boxing championship in Milan 2009 and a gold medal in the 2010 Central American Games in Mayagüez.
Pedraza is part of the boxing team, Team Puerto Rico. This group was developed by the promoters Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions in order to contain the finest group of Puerto Rican fighters available.
The “Sniper” is represented by Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Universal Promotions.